The Miracle within Michael: A Barn, a Boy, and a Horse

  • Marian Swindell Mississippi State University-Meridian
Keywords: horse, child abuse, child neglect, social work


Working with children who are survivors of abuse and neglect can be both rewarding and heartbreaking.  Animal assisted therapy utilizing dogs, rabbits, horses or cats facilitates amazing progress on the journey of healing and recovery.  This article describes one such progression in the life of an
eight year old boy who began his journey of healing while riding a horse named Dumbledore.

Author Biography

Marian Swindell, Mississippi State University-Meridian
Division of Arts and Sciences, Social Work Program, Associate Professor